Monday, January 24, 2011

Coupon Purse {by Mavis} Giveaway!

 This giveaway is closed.  See who won here.

Saving money is on a lot of people's minds these days.  We save to set money aside to pay down debt, in case of a loss of a job, for an unexpected expense, for our children's educations, and hopefully, we save money in order to share with others.

I have this friend.  Her blog name is Mavis and boy, is she a dear.  Mavis and I got to know each other via our blogs, countless emails and just recently (whoohoo!) an actual phone conversation:-).  She's the one who introduced me to swagbucks and I can't thank her enough for that.  Let me tell you a little more about her.

Just three short years ago her family-of-four's monthly grocery bill was over $800 a month.  The following year, she reigned it in to around $600 and the next year to $400.  This year (2011), Mavis has set a challenge for her and her family.  Her goal (and what she blogs about) is to spend only $100 a month for all their groceries, toiletries, take out, restaurant expenses, etc.  Yes, I said $100.

How is she doing this?  First off, Mavis has a garden and some chickens, so she grows some food for her family and her chickens grow their eggs.  She has also recently discovered the art of clipping coupons.  If you didn't know clipping coupons is an art, you need to get to know Mavis.  Mavis is one of those people who goes shopping and, at the checkout, the store pays her for what's in her cart.  It's true.  The sheer quantity of the food, toiletries, etc. she brings home within her budget is amazing.   Her weekly shopping update on her blog shows her purchases in pictures.  Her family doesn't eat everything they bring home.   Instead she pays much of it forward, donating to various causes.

She will tell you that coupon-ing is a process and is best approached with baby steps.  If you would like to learn her art, please visit her blog, 100 Dollars A Month, today to find out what Mavis can teach you that will lead to money saved.  She is going through the coupon basics on her blog this week.  So, if you're ready to save money at the grocery store, be sure and check out her blog throughout the week.

And!  The very exciting news is that Mavis has started making coupon purses!  She's opened an Etsy shop, Mavisisarockstar, and, to celebrate, is giving away one of her lovely purses here!  Each coupon purse includes- 1 handmade fabric binder cover, 1 2-inch binder, 1 notebook, 10 baseball card sleeves, 10 page protectors, 5 plastic page dividers and a few weeks of the latest coupon inserts-basically everything you need to get started!

The Giveaway:  To enter to win a coupon purse {by Mavis} of your choice of pattern (with some goodies already stuffed inside for you), please go visit Mavis' Etsy shop here.  Then, come back and tell me in the comments section below which pattern you'd like to win.  I'll choose a winner randomly on Friday!

Please one entry per household.  If you comment anonymously, please leave your first name or initial so I can identify you if you win.  If you have trouble leaving a comment, please email your entry to thyhand123@gmail.com and I will post your entry for you.

Also!!  If you order one of her coupon purses from her Etsy shop and enter "10mavisbucks" in the comments section of the order before Valentine's Day, Mavis will give you 20% off your order!!

Thank you, Mavis!

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91 comments:

  1. What a great opportunity, I would love to win the Sugar and Spice coupon purse. I'm going to check out Mavis's blog I could use some good tips.

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  2. Every mama could use a coupon purse. What a brilliant idea:) I just browsed her etsy site and I am all about some Sugar and Spice. I've marked it on my etsy as a favorite:)

    I visited your blog Mavis and I'm looking forward to learning from you too!

    {{thanks for hosting this giveaway}}

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  3. What a neat idea! I am a blue and green kinda gal, so I like the Hippie Chic fabric. Lovely!

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  4. Sugar and Spice is adorable. I love that she describes it a s"yummalicious"! I too have a grocery bill that is over $800 a month and would be so thrilled to get it down even to $500 a month! Thanks for the link to her $100 a month!
    Faith G. in VA

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  5. Eco Mama Meets Coupons is my favorite! Oh and I love coupons! :) lovemylittlefamily at yahoo dot com

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  6. This is great! I would love to win the Eco Mama Meets Coupons purse!

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  7. I'm loving the Hippie Chic bag! I'm heading to the blog, too...need tips for a new couponer on a real food diet!

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  8. Mavis is awesome and her blog is an inspiration. I've been slacking in the couponing area for too long but Mavis has given me new inspiration! I love the Hippie Chick binder, and all the others!

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  9. This is awesome! I have just in the past month tried to cut our food budget in half by being more conscious about what I buy & planning more carefully & not running to the store every other day. I'm having my mother-in-law save me her coupons from the newspaper but they are piling up around me with no organization! I like the Eco Mama bag & can't wait to read Mavis' blog to find out how to use coupons (they haven't worked for me so far ...)

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  10. What a wonderful giveaway!!!! I have been reading so much lately about coupon clipping and ways to save on groceries. I really love the Upscale Coupon binder purse! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful gift!

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  11. i love saving money; i love this purse for organizing coupons; and i love the eco-mama purse!
    -monica c.

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  12. Hippie Chic Coupon Binder all the way!

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  13. First off I want to say thank you so very much for this post! It is exactly what we have been looking for. Over the past year we have started using coupons again but not very successfully! In fact becoming better stewards of what God has given us has become something of a priority with both my husband and myself. We realized how much we have been squandering in the past year.

    Thank you for this opportunity! But the choices! Its so hard to limit it to one choice... but the Hippie Chick and Eco Mama are by far my favorites.
    (and my family has been looking for ideas for my birthday present!)

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  14. What a great idea! I'm fairly new to couponing and still feel a little awkward hauling my big black binder around the store. Miss Mavis has come up with a perfect solution! I love them all, but I think my favorite is the Eco Mama.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  15. hello. visiting you via mavis. i'm going to have to go with the brown zebra one. what a talented gal, that mavis!

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  16. I just found Mavis' blog recently and love following her on her $100 a month adventure. What an awesome giveaway. I love the Upscale pattern.

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  17. What an awesome giveaway! I think I like the Eco Mama one the best. Thanks for a chance to win!

    Ashley
    ashleymwren@yahoo.com

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  18. What a "God-incidence" -- my sister and I just recently started couponing in the hope to reduce our grocery bills. Thank you for this post! (i love the Upscale Binder!)sarah g

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  19. Oh you were right this is a great giveaway! I love the zebra print bag!

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  20. I am a couponer (in a small way) so thanks for introducing Mavis to us! I think the Hippie Chic binder is lovely!

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  21. Ohhhhh! I would love The OMG purse! thank you!

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  22. This would be timely to win this prize. I very recently decided to be diligent about using coupons since our budget has become much tighter. I would love the upscale binder!

    Mary

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  23. Great giveaway. I really like the sugar and spice :D
    heartsintraining (dot) loni (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. I'm with Right Said Fred...I've got to go for the Little Black Coupon Binder Purse. This is so great...Mavis IS a rock star!

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  25. They're all great, but my first choice would be The OMG...love it! Thanks!

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  26. I just realized who you are! Awesome website! I love the idea of this. I try to use coupons to save lots of money but haven't figured the system out. Love the bags. I think people call me a bag lady because of all the bags I carry around. The sugar and spice is nice. But so is the hippy chic. They're all great.

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  27. What an ingenious idea! I like the upscale print. And Mavis is from my neck of the woods too!

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  28. Hmm, the black one if I'm feeling practical, the eco-mom if I'm feeling flashy :)

    But could I be honest here? I might not use it for coupons...I might just organize my seeds in it!

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  29. I love the Eco-Mama bag! I've been thinking about couponing, but it's hard to know how to get started--thanks so much for sharing this with me and my family!!

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  30. Very cool! I like them all, but my favorite I think is the Eco Mama! Maybe this is just the thing I need to get me excited about using coupons...

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  31. I love, love, love the Hippy Chic! I would love to win it! I am heading to her blog for some down-to-earth hints on cutting the grocery bill down also.

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  32. i love the little black coupon bag! that's such a great idea!

    aml

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  33. This is much nicer than my big shoe box full of coupons. I love the "little black coupon purse".

    Thanks for the give-away!

    Gigi

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  34. The upscale or the OMG bags would be my pick. I've attempted couponing, but it truly is an art that I seem unable to do. I'll go check out her instructions.

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  35. I really like the Eco Momma coupon organizer. Wow! very cool idea.
    I'd love to get more organized with my shopping coupons and lists.
    loko6 at peak dot org

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  36. I am trying to start couponing myself and this would be perfect! I would love to win the 'eco mama' purse.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Elizabeth

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  37. I really like the brown zebra print.

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  38. Mavis is my hero! Couponing has been quite the talk around our house ...saving money for obvious reasons :) I'd love "The OMG" bag. How fun & so fancy!

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  39. I love the Eco Mama pattern, so cute! Count me in :)

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  40. I think that zebra print is just adorable! The Hippie Chic fabric is also just too cute!

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  41. I love the Eco mama pattern.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  42. I'd choose the upscale pattern. What a great idea.

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  43. They are all super cute, but I'm going to say that Eco Mama is my favorite. Plus I need to go check out her blog!!! I feel like I spend at least $100 a week (or more) on groceries. There's gotta be a better way.

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  44. What a great idea! I love the "Upscale" bag.

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  45. I'm a hippie chic kinda girl. These are so awesome. Thanks Mavis.

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  46. I'm a fan of "Upscale". Thanks for the link :)

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  47. I love the sugar & spice coupon purse!! What a neat idea!

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  48. Thanks for the introduction to a great blog! And I LOVE the Little Black Coupon purse...I love them of course!

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  49. What a great idea! Though each of the bags are unique, I think I like the Hippie Chic best. Mavis, I hope you do very well with these bags. For those of us who have been carrying around our split at the seams plastic or cardboard coupon boxes,your bags will add real class to our trips to the store!

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  50. What a cute idea! I love the "Upscale" bag!

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  51. I like the "little black bag" one. They all are great, nice give-away!

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  52. I love the eco mama design! So cute- makes me want to learn to sew :)
    Kristie from Birmingham!

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  53. I love the "Upscale" bag (and "OMG" too, but my cats would ruin it in a hot second).

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  54. I love your blog and I love to coupon...the brown zebra pattern is soo cute. Thanks!

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  55. The Eco Mama bag is my fav....but that sugar and spice one is pretty neat too! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  56. I LOVE HIPPIE CHICK Design....She is pretty amazing...good motivation to get started cutting coupons..
    LH

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  57. Started coupon shopping several months ago and was able to donate to our church's food pantry as well as stretch our family's budget. What a great idea for the coupon purse! I love the splash of color in the Sugar & Spice coupon purse.

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  58. Definately Eco Mamma....great idea! I would love to start cutting our grocery bill!

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  59. I'd be pleased with any of Mavis' purses and would let her pick one for me. Mavis truly is a rock star, Robin in SoCal

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  60. I do love me some zebra stripes!
    Christie S

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  61. Hi - I tried posting earlier, but don't see mine here - if I missed it, just don't post this one. I love the Upscale bag, and I love teh name of the Etsy store! Too fun!

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  62. Forever in blue jeans is my favorite! EMW

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  63. My fav is Eco Mama Meets Coupons...although there's isn't one that I wouldn't love to own!!!

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  64. I love the Sugar and Spice! I really want this. If I had this I would never forget to take my coupons with me!!!

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  65. Mavis got me hooked on coupons! I would love the brown zebra coupon purse to help organize my shopping trips.

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  66. I love the OMG this is so fabulous purse!!! I have been really looking for something to organize these coupons. I'm new to couponing and was getting very discouraged until I read Mavis' post on how she organizes! Gonna give it a go!!

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  67. Blue Jeans is my choice!

    Vickie
    VLKFINK@aol.com

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  68. Thanks for the chance! All the bags look awesome. I am having a hard time deciding between Hippy Chic and Eco Mama. I would be thrilled with either one.

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  69. Absolutely LOVE the bags - have tried a few other coupon systems with less than desireable results. I'd love the 'Forever in Blue Jeans' (I like Neal Diamond, please don't tell anyone...)

    -Lori

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  70. I like the Forever in Blue Jeans!

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  71. Brown Zebra, for sure! Congrats to the lucky winner and thank YOU for telling us about her site: I will be using some of her tips.

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  72. Sugar & Spice is my favorite-- they're all super cute, though.

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  73. WHo knew there was a coupon purse. Interesting! I like the chic (last option) best!

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  74. I would love the Brown Zebra print. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. Holy Cow! These are awesome! I am a total coupon mess at the store. I drop all my coupons and my grocery list at least thirteen times while I am trying to shop. The Artsy Fartsy coupon purse would be perfect for me!

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  76. ZEBRA!!

    from a lover of animal print & savings

    bissy.cook@gmail.com

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  77. I LOVE the brown zebra print one. I am just learning to really coupon and would love this!

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  78. I love the sugar and spice one!! Such great options!!

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  79. Oh wow, what an inspiring story. How awesome that she only spends $100 a month on groceries. I really like her bags. The one I like most is "The Upscale Coupon Binder" one.

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  80. I love the upscale coupon binder. I also love mavis. I think she is hilarious and love reading her blog and finding fun ways to save money.

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  81. I am torn between the upscale, and the zebra print. They are fabulous!!

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  82. What a great idea----I use to coupon shop but have gotten out of the habit. would love to start back up! I like the hippie chick bag!

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  83. Eco Mama meets coupons is my favorite! What a great idea!

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  84. Hippie Chic is my favorite! I sooo need one of these! LOL I am currently using a plastic shoebox with 26 envelopes(A-Z)!

    Steph

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  85. What a neat idea! They're all great, but I do love the Upscale's fabric.

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  86. LOVE THESE, Eco Mama is my choice. Thanks so much. Tammy

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  87. These are wonderful, it's so hard to get coupons organized to take into the store....and to be stylish too!!! Love it!! I really like sugar and spice.

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  88. This is a totally genius creation!! No more forgetting your coupons at home since they're right in your purse with you. I love the artsy fartsy pattern.

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  89. You really think we could just choose ONE??? They are all pretty wonderful but I suppose if you MADE me choose only ONE it would be eco mama... isn't couponing like the most awesome way so save resources.... so environmentally smart!

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